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Little olive that got smaller

Post  leatherback on Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:47 pm

Early 2012 I got a stock-standard olive from the garden-centre. What drew me was a slight bluge at the base. After spending a year looking at it, repotting it to lift the roots higher, and removing a lot of the surface roots, brinbging out a bigger part of the bulge etc. this is the image, of june 2013.



After not getting any backbudding, I decided to just go brutal and chopped the top off last summer:


And a year later, a bit of carving a light wire and some pruning, this is where I am at today..



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Post  peter keane on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:21 am

Your little olive looks so much bigger now that you pruned off the top!

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Post  PaulH on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:37 am

Good move! Gonna be a nice little tree.

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Post  rolex dragon on Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:32 pm

it looks nice.
i like it  Smile 

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Chop

Post  lennard on Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:56 pm

That was the right thing to do - looking good!

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Post  leatherback on Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:48 pm

thx guys!

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:39 pm

sometimes going brutal is the only way  Twisted Evil 

very cool so far

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Post  KennedyMarx on Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:19 pm

Now it's a much more powerful image. Nice move.

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Post  chewie on Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:02 am

wow! Nice work! I am curious, did you shorten the stump even further from pic 2 to pic 3? In pic 3 you have a nice taper but in pic 2 you have the bulge and then the straight piece on top.
also in pic 1 I see the leaves are quite large, have they stayed small (and in proportion) as in pic 3?

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Post  leatherback on Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:42 am

Hi,

Pic 2 and 3 are rotated about 180 degrees from eachother. The bulge left on p2 is the carved bulge in p3. It was hardly reduced in height (less than 0.5 cm)

The foliage is different: The original plant seems to have a cultured olive grafted on top of wild variety.

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Post  chewie on Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:42 pm

Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:01 pm

Copycat     cat   hihihihihihiii

I call this the Yvonne Growback chop.

Yours is looking peticularly  nice indeed.

Love and light

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Post  leatherback on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:04 pm

A year later; The crown is filling out, after a dry-out scare I had over winter (Never put a plant in the window sill, and oput the heater on.. )


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Post  Tentakelaertje on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:08 pm

I love it! Tree-pot combo is great Smile
Chopping it took the tree to next step on the quality stairway.
Foliage looks very small on this one, which is nice.
Got any future plans with this one?

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Post  leatherback on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:19 pm

Hey Maarten,

Thx. Not really a furture plan. Have heard suggestions to grow it out, and create a full canopy. On the other hand.. I like the current view too.

Any suggestions?

Jelle.

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:22 pm

I'll draw some tomorrow, as I'll dive into my bed in a couple of minutes. Got to start work at six AM tomorrow.. Sad

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Post  BobbyLane on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:33 pm

Good job mate Cool

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:13 pm



It's like the previous suggestions you mentiones, but now with a face. It's kinda hard to think of new, refreshing stuff with this tree as it's kind of strongly suggesting how it wants to grow. I guess the tree pointed out a path, and now it is up to you to decide how you want to walk it.
Please let me know how you think about it! Smile


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Post  bigbabol on Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:25 pm

You are a bonsai killer indeed kakkak, a chop with a saw not a sword could change a life, very well done bro, congrats

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Post  leatherback on Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:00 pm

Tentakelaertje wrote:Please let me know how you think about it! Smile

Thx for the effort. I think I will go less pompom-ie though. I have an image in mind, but not sure I will get there.

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